The HIV/Aids Unit coordinates and oversees HIV/Aids programmes for the campus community as well as the nearby local community. Its mission is to have well-informed students and staff on HIV/Aids related issues to ensure that they stay healthy and engage in behaviour that helps curb HIV infection.

Services for students and staff:

The unit offers a wide spectrum of services to students and staff:

  • Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) is offered by a professional nurse, by appointment two days a week.
  • Many awareness campaigns are conducted. Among them are
    • evening information sessions where students discuss challenges that make them vulnerable to HIV, STIs and unplanned pregnancy
    • The Condom Bash targets students at the beginning of the year. It highlights the significance of using protection during sex.
    • VCT awareness campaigns are conducted on a quarterly basis to reach out to the larger community.
    • Specific HIV/Aids and other STI events are also celebrated according to the Department of Health’s calendar.
    • The unit takes the lead in organising events such as World Aids Day, Candlelight Memorial as well as Condom Week.
  • Counselling services on a one-on-one basis is, on request, available to students and staff.
  • Support groups are established to support people infected or affected by HIV/Aids on an ongoing basis.
  • Lunch-hour debates/dialogues are mainly aimed at staff members, where stimulating and empowering topics are discussed.
  • Workshops/training: Short courses on topics such as ARVs, PMTCT, STIs and basic HIV/Aids are conducted by the programme coordinator for students and staff.
  • Information on HIV/Aids is also spread through talk shows, posters, pamphlets, dramas and poetry.
  • In the Peer education programmes a team of student educators is utilised to disseminate information to their peers. Peers speak the same language and share similar challenges.

Services to the community:

The HIV/Aids unit and student peer educators visit selected schools in Qwaqwa to equip Grade 11 and 12 learners with important life skills. The topics deal with the youth and HIV/Aids, transition from high school to university life, life choices and decision-making and the ABC approach.

Partnerships
The unit collaborates with national and international organisations and stakeholders on HIV/Aids-related issues. Among them are the Department of Health, the Department of Education, the Local Government, the Department of Home Affairs, SASS, SANAC, the Boitelo Youth Network, USAID, AED, Hope Africa, SANCA, and DramAidE.

Contact details
HIV/Aids Unit Coordinator: Lintle Malimabe | T: +27 58 718 5020

 


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Qwaqwa Campus
Private Bag X13
Phuthaditjhaba 
9866
+27 58 718 5000


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